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The smuggling paths (Chaves, Portugal)

Trás os Montes - Chaves, Norte de Portugal, Portugal
Ethno-tourism

An ecoturism experience
Organized by Mário
Guided activity
Duration: 6 hours approx.
Portuguese, Spanish
Includes lunch
This activity has discounts for
Kids (4-11 years) €24

Activity description
Throughout the history between Portugal and Spain, the frontier got to create a unique cultural genre related to smuggling. This frontier between both countries is known as “the line”.

Thanks to this fascinating experience, you’ll get to know the stories of a town that survived thanks to smuggling, and get to discover what the old smugglers used to feel when they used to perform illegal trades with the Spanish military police with the Fiscal Guard keeping an eagle eye. Smuggling based of coffee, tobacco, and oil, among many other products, searching for new smuggling routes that could change anytime.

Also, you will know firsthand the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the city, since it has been populated since antiquity. The traditional farmhouses of the region stand out. Also its rich cuisine, with traditional dishes from this region.

Itinerary:

The day begins with the departure to Vilarelho da Raia. At 09:00 we will meet with the smugglers who will take us to the local secrets and donkeys that will enliven the journey. We will be in charge of treating them and equipping them to continue loading the goods to be transported, as they used to do in the past.

After, we will continue our journey along winding roads until returning to the village with the interpretation of the landscape, accompanied by our expert guides. At 1:00 pm there will be a special lunch with a snack of contraband. The activity concludes with a visit to the ethnographic museum of Vilarelho da Raia.

Come and enjoy this incredible experience surrounded by the beautiful natural environment where two great countries get together, full of stories and legends related to smuggling!
 

Details and equipment
Appropriate clothes depending on the season

Enclosed and comfortable footwear

Sunscreen (optional)

Flexible cancellation

This activity can be cancelled and fully refunded up to 24 hours after booking.

After this time, Douro-Wellcome has established that you have up to 7 days before the activity to cancel and get a refund.

If the activity had to be cancelled because of weather conditions, you would have a full refund.


Activity location
Trás os Montes - Chaves, Norte de Portugal, Portugal
Meeting point
Trás os Montes - Chaves, Norte de Portugal, Portugal
Mário will contact you once you finish the reservation in order to inform you about the exact meeting point.

Plan your experience

Date
Start hour
Adults
Kids
From 4 to 11 years old

1 Adults x €48
€48

Total
€48
Any doubts? Contact us 627 62 80 80
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